1552 [Iulli. III. Pont. Max. Ann · Rimini (Impress. in Inclyta urbe Arimino)
Dominican writer and later Archbishop of Saludecio's unfinished rhyming poem and numerous other poems dedicated to Pope Julius III, here taken from the larger collection of miscellaneous works titled Publii Francisci Modesti Saludeciensis canonici Arimini Christiana pietas. Ejusdem, de Dei opificio sesquiliber. Ejusdem, urbis Arimini elogium. Ejusdem, Lucerna. Modesti (1471–1557) is perhaps best known for his history of Venice titled Venetias.
This poem celebrating the works of God in the Creation is written in dactylic hexameter and employs much classical vocabulary, while at the same time showing the influence of liturgical Latin — not an uncommon stylistic combination at that time. The text is printed in roman with guide letters and the pages are lightly ruled in red; the title-page displays Pope Julius III's coat of arms surrounded by a Latin epigram.
Provenance: Charles Spencer, Third Earl of Sunderland, lot 8539 in the Sunderland Library sale (1882). Embossed stamp of the Theological Institute of Connecticut on final leaf; deaccessioned to Pitts Theological Library at Emory; deaccessioned again 1998; later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Searches of COPAC, OCLC, and the NUC reveal => no U.S. libraries holding this fragment or the larger work.
EDIT16 CNCE 40108. Modern boards covered in a 16th-century leaf of Eusebius with text in Latin and Greek; gilt black leather spine label with misdate of 1521, new endpapers. Moderate age-toning with a handful of stains, provenance markings as above. (Inventory #: 37825)